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Two men arrested in connection with Banbury GBH

A man has been treated at Horton Hospital after being stabbed during an assault in Banbury.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the fraca which happened in Prescott Avenue between 6pm and 6.20pm yesterday. A number of men were involved in the incident. While one man with minor injuries was treated and later discharged from the Horton Hospital, another received a minor injury to the head.

Two men, one aged 18 from Banbury and a 19-year-old from Brackley have been arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm and remain in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by calling 101 quoting reference 43170148321, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously.

Passers-by repeatedly call for help as factory destroyed by fire

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

A factory has been destroyed by a fire during rush hour in Oxfordshire.

The blaze happened in a factory unit off of Swan Close in Banbury around 6:28pm yesterday (Tuesday 11th April).

Firefighters received repeated calls from passers-by as large amounts of smoke could be seen around the area, near a Morrison’s supermarket.

More than twenty firefighters made their way through traffic to tackle the blaze and to prevent it spreading to adjacent buildings, which included a bus garage.

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The factory produced moulded parts using plastic and wax so this gave rise to the large amounts of smoke that could be seen across Banbury during rush hour. Some of the materials involved in their processes gave us cause for concern so a Hazardous Materials Advisor and the Environmental Protection Unit were called in. We quickly established that there was little risk to the environment and operations were concluded.”

– Station Manager Mick Clarke

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BMW crashes through wall of Oxfordshire factory

Credit: Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service

A BMW has crashed through the wall of a factory in Oxfordshire.

The Fire & Rescue Service was called to the scene opposite Morrisons supermarket in Banbury town centre at 11.50am today where they found a white BMW protruding from the factory.

The driver was treated by ambulance at the scene. No-one inside of the factory was injured.

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

When we arrived the powerful BMW was embedded in the wall of the factory, our immediate concerns were for the driver of the car and the workers inside of the factory. Once we were assured that everyone was in safe hands we focussed on the stability of the building structure. Our colleagues in the district council have specially trained building surveyors that can give advice on the safety of the building.”

– Mark Ames, Station Manager

Parents pay tribute to daughter killed in Banbury crash

Ferne Campbell died from her Injuries after a collision in Banbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

The parents of a young woman who died after the car she was travelling in collided with a tree have paid tribute to her.

Nineteen-year-old Ferne Campbell from Northamptonshire was a front seat passenger in a silver Toyota Yaris which left the road and hit a tree near the A361. It happened at about 9.55am on Monday 5th September close to Williamscote Hill in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Both Ferne and the driver, another 19-year-old woman, were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but Ferne later died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Ferne's parents Peter and Ondine Campbell said:

"As Ferne's parents, we wish to pay tribute to our only child: Our beautiful, vibrant and loving daughter. She was our life and we were, and still are, immensely proud of her.

"We ask that any parent reading these words will hold their child when next they see them and tell them how much they are loved.”

– Peter & Ondine Campbell, Ferne Campbell's parents

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the 24 hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 353 5/9.

Man jailed for 6 years for armed robbery in Oxfordshire

CCTV Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been jailed for six years for offences including an armed robbery in Banbury. Danny Walsh, aged 25, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of possession of a firearm at Oxford Crown Court. In July Walsh threatened staff at Easington Post Office in Horton View with what appeared to be a black handgun. He made off with a quantity of cash.

Danny Walsh Credit: Thames Valley Police

Investigating officer, Det Con Mark Personius said: “I am delighted that Walsh, who is an extremely dangerous offender, demonstrated by the fact he used a handgun during the robbery at Easington Post Office, is now behind bars for a considerable period of time. Thanks to excellent CCTV images Walsh was quickly identified as our suspect and therefore we published a wanted appeal to the public and media. We also shared this appeal with Sussex Police because we had intelligence that Walsh was in Brighton, and so it proved to be as he was arrested there just four days after the offence. I am pleased for the victims in this case, who thought their lives were in danger when Walsh entered the post office with a handgun. Hopefully the victims will now feel that justice has been served.

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Man wanted in connection with armed robbery at post office

Police are warning people not to approach Danny Walsh Credit: Thames Valley Police

People are being warned not to approach a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Banbury.

Detectives said that they wanted to find 25-year-old Danny Walsh who sometimes sleeps rough in a tent in the town where a post office was targeted yesterday.

The offender entered the Easington Post Office shortly after 3.15pm with what's believed to be a black handgun and, after being given cash, he fled on foot.

“If you see Walsh please do not approach him, instead call police on 999.

“If you have information about Walsh, his whereabouts or in a non-emergency please call police on 101.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we are conducting a thorough investigation into this serious offence. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses, obtained CCTV and carried out extra patrols in the area.

“If anyone is concerned or has questions then please do not hesitate to speak to a police officer or PCSO.”

– Senior Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Nick Glister

Man found dead at house in Banbury

Police have been called to Banbury this afternoon following an unexplained death of a man.

Officers were called to a property in The Causeway this morning following a report that a man had sustained injuries.

“Detectives are in the early stages of investigating the circumstances of this incident in which a man has died.

“Due to these enquiries, officers will be in the Banbury area so if anyone has any concerns, please approach and speak to an officer.

“Additionally, if anyone has any information about the man’s death or if anyone saw anything out of the ordinary in the area of Middleton Road, the bus station or The Causeway between 6.30am and 8.30am today, please speak to police.”

– Det Insp Steve Raffield, from Banbury Force CID

Electric heater causes fire in Banbury

A warning's been issued after fire crews were called to deal with a blaze caused by an electric heater in Banbury.

When they arrived at the property crews found the remains of an electric heater melted into the burned bedroom carpet.

"Fortunately the quick thinking resident unplugged the electric fire from the socket when they realised what was happening, and smothered the fire with a blanket. These actions undoubtedly prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the bedroom.

"The family were very lucky as there were no working smoke alarms in the property and the occupants were all downstairs when the fire started. It was just luck that one of them went upstairs and found the fire.

"If the fire had continued undiscovered for another 1-2 minutes the whole bedroom would have been alight”.

– Watch Manager Mark O’Connor from Banbury Fire Station

Nurse who tried to murder her mother is jailed for 14 years

Julia Knight was found guilty of trying to murder her mother Credit: Julia Knight

A nurse has been been jailed for 14 years for attempting to murder her own mother.

Julia Knight had been accused of injecting her mother with a potentially fatal dose of insulin to prevent her being discharged from Horton Hospital, in Banbury.

Julie Knight injected 81-year-old Irene Robson with insulin at Horton General Hospital in Banbury. She claimed it was to try to stop her from being discharged, but a jury at Oxford Crown Court found her guilty.

The 56-year-old nurse sobbed in the dock when the result was read out. During the trial the court heard how Knight had forged a prescription for insulin at the doctor's surgery where she worked. She then visited her mother and injected her in the stomach with the potentially lethal dose.

She said she was trying to cause a medical blip so that her mother would stay in hospital for longer and a proper care package could be arranged.

Doctors had to save her life after she fell unconscious when her blood sugar levels dropped and then realised she had been injected with insulin. Irene died in September this year of unrelated causes.

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